I love dreaming and creating. I love moving towards ‘what’s next.’ And, I’m a huge believer of reflecting and celebrating.
In our fast-paced, production-minded, and results-oriented world it can take us out of present moment living and slowing down… a couple of my favorite things. I’m all about putting in the work and getting things done AND I’m also about going about it mindfully.
For those of you who have a difficult time ‘being’ this may comfort you… you’re also ‘doing’ when you reflect and celebrate.
Why reflect? Why celebrate? There is medicine in both. Taking the time to reflect is an act of being mindful. Pondering how the project/event/situation/day went, noticing if you’ve created stories around it, checking in with how you feel, what worked, what didn’t.
Taking time to reflect, whether as a task or ritual, gives us information about ourselves. Insights into who we are. Does it align with who we intend to be?
The way I see it, reflecting allows us to become more intimate with our self. When you take time to reflect it shows care and concern. It is nurturing.
Then there is celebrating. I’m a big celebrator. The more we celebrate the more we see to celebrate. For me, celebrate is another word for honor. To celebrate is to honor, to recognize, to give thanks.
Celebrating can look as differently as the world we live on. It’s diverse. It can be as simple as saying ‘thank you’ or lighting a candle, could be a full blown gathering with cake and ale or an intimate gathering with your closest. It could be a formal ceremony or a sweetly crafted ritual. There is no right or wrong.
And what we celebrate is just as diverse. could be a weekly ritual of simply honoring life or it could be that big promotion. Celebrate for the sake of honoring.
When we move from task to task, situation to situation, day to day without reflecting and celebrating, we miss the magic and medicine. We miss out on becoming more intimate with ourselves and the world around us.
It could be said, to reflect is to nurture and to celebrate is to honor.
Reflect and Celebrate
Nurture and Honor
“Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection
to balance out how much of ourselves we give away.”
~Barbara De Angelis